LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early announces that it has received ISO 9001:2008 certification from DNV Business Assurance Management Systems after three years of stringent accreditation guidelines. Less than 2% of the 5,723 hospitals across the United States have achieved this prestigious certification. DNV is a third party organization, often called a Registrar, that audits quality measurements set forth by ISO and found that all requirements were met. This system requires the organization to consistently provide a product that meets the patient needs throughout the entire healthcare system as well as take measured steps to improve those issues when warranted. DNV continually monitors the management system through a regiment of strict quality standards in conjunction with the facility’s Quality Improvement Department.
LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early is the first and only critical access facility in the State of Georgia and is only one of three hospitals of all types in Georgia to receive ISO 9001:2008 certification. This type of certification is sought by all types of manufacturing and service industries but achieved by few. Companies such as Nissan, Boeing, Panasonic and Blakely’s own Southern Ag Carriers have turned to ISO certification to validate their commitment to quality.
Allen Gamble, CEO of the LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early summed it up by saying “this certification by a prestigious, internationally respected organization validates our commitment to providing quality healthcare in a safe environment. Our patients and nursing home residents can be assured that we are continuously improving our healthcare services. We strive to meet every one of these high standards every day.” He attributes this success to the efforts of his staff. He said “I am honored to work with such a fine team of committed healthcare professionals that put forth such a great effort to achieve this certification. I see them every day working to be the very best hospital and nursing home that we can be.”
LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early, located in Blakely, Ga, is a 25 Bed Critical Access Hospital with a 9 bed Geriatric Psychiatric Unit and a 117 bed Early Memorial Nursing Home. LifeBrite Health Services of Magee Mississippi has operated the facility under an agreement with the Hospital Authority of Early County since October of 2010.